UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said his “dream” of “causing an earthquake in British politics” has come true.
Mr Faragewas speaking at a press conference after the party’s first win in a national election – the first time in more than 100 years a party other than Labour or the Conservatives has finished top.
He described the “legacy parties” as “like goldfish that have just been tipped out of the bowl onto the floor, desperately gasping for air and clinging on to the comfort blanket that this is a protest vote”.
“This is an earthquake in British politics, it is a remarkable result and I think it has profound consequences for the leaders of the other parties.”
UKIP’s triumph in the European elections, taking 24 seats despite what Mr Farage called “shed loads of abuse” directed at the party, made him “immensely proud”.
With only Northern Ireland’s results yet to come in of the 12 UK regions, UKIP has 29.1% of the vote, Labour 25.4%, the Conservatives 24.6%, the Greens 7.9% and the Lib Dems 6.9%.
There was a turnout of 36%.
26 May 2014 | 3:00 pm – Source: orange.co.uk